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Canine Flu Likely to Spread Across U-S

The new strain of canine flu affecting dogs and cats in the Midwest will likely spread across the U-S and pose a threat to pets throughout the summer months into the fall. That’s the warning from two of the experts who helped to identify the virus.

“None of the dogs in this country are protected from this particular virus, so yes, it could very well spread everywhere in the country,” says University of Wisconsin Veterinary Care Veterinarian Sandi Sawchuk. “With the mobility of people and their pets, I can foresee that this could potentially be a problem anywhere.”

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New Strain Causing Midwest Canine Flu; Cats Now Affected

Veterinarians know more about the outbreak of canine flu that’s affecting dogs in Chicago and the Midwest. And the news isn’t good.

Veterinarians at Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin have identified the strain as influenza A H3N2, which is currently in wide circulation and affecting dog populations in southern China and South Korea. This marks the first time the A H3N2 virus has been detected in North America. Experts initially thought the flu strain causing the current outbreak was the more common A H3N8 which was first identified in the U-S in 2004. (more…)